I am delighted to introduce Keinya of the Busyfams blog, she is our featured guest blogger today. She is sharing a few fun Halloween projects kids can have a blast doing. Enjoy!
The fun and spooky themes of Halloween don’t all have to happen on that one day. Kids can enjoy fun projects and activities all week-long. Here are 3 practical and really fun, creative ways to get your kids in the “spirit” of Halloween!
1) TRICK or TREAT?
Power up before your night out in the neighborhood with this parent approved healthy beverage that will be just plain spooky fun for the little one. There are fun Halloween cups everywhere this time of year. In a fun cup, make a healthy Goblin Smoothie for your trick-or-treater and better yet, let them help! It’s sure to be a win-win!
What you’ll need:
- 1 1/2 bananas, frozen (peek ripeness – black spots on peel when frozen)
- 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (vanilla soy milk used)
- 1/2 cup vanilla non-dairy yogurt
- 1 tsp matcha green tea powder (see alternative below if desired)
- 3/4 cup watermelon, peaches or more banana, frozen
optional: 1/4 avocado
optional: 1 tsp chia seeds (for a nutrition boost)
optional: handful of spinach
optional: add ice
For extra sweetness, add in another 1/2 frozen banana or a drizzle of agave syrup.
Directions: Blend until very smooth and creamy – and enjoy!
Note: matcha green tea does contain a small amount of caffeine so if serving this smoothie to kids you can either use a smaller amount of matcha or sub the matcha with a handful of green spinach or 1/2 green avocado for green color.
Green Goblin Smoothie – courtesy of Babble (Hyperlink to: http://blogs.babble.com/family-kitchen/2012/10/04/goblin-smoothie-healthy-halloween-treat/ )
2) MAKE TRICK OR TREAT BAGS
Take it from Martha Stewart and put those paper grocery bags to good use by using them for a fun creative Halloween project. What trick-or-treater doesn’t need a bag for all those treats? Not only can you pack this handy bag up with treats, but you can enhance your child’s safety in the evening while out as well.
What you’ll need:
- Paper grocery bag
- Duct tape – Identi-Tape carries a variety of colors (Hyperlink to: http://www.identi-tape.com )
- Reflective tape (1 inch in width)
- Tape measure
- Ruler or tape measure
- Bone folder
1. Use the scissors to trim 4 inches from the top of the grocery bag. Cut a 50-inch piece of duct tape and lay it down, tacky side up. Cut an additional two 2-inch pieces; set aside for later.
2. Make guide marks with the pencil down the front and back of the bag, 2 inches in from the sides. Make marks on the inside of the bag, as well, 2 inches from each corner.
3. Position the bottom of the bag over one end of the tape; the tape should be 2 inches in from the side. Slowly tip the bag onto the tape, using the marks inside the bag as a guide. Place a 2-inch piece of duct tape on the inside of the bag where the handle begins. Place another 2-inch piece about 9 inches down the tape. Fold this portion of tape in half to create the handle. Use a bone folder to smooth out the bubbles.
4. Carefully flip the bag over. Attach the remaining tape to opposite side using the guide marks. Repeat for the back of the bag.
5. Cut four pieces of reflective tape that are equal to the height of the bag. Center the reflective tape on top of the duct tape. Do this step on the front and back. For extra strength, double bag.
Trick – or – Treat Bags – Courtesy of Martha Stewart (Hyperlink to: http://www.marthastewart.com/268447/trick-or-treat-bags
3.) GLOW JARS
This was a project I actually did with my kids over the summer on more than 1 occasion, but it can be just as effective for Halloween. You can use it to light a pathway in your yard to your front door. This is also a handy kind of light to stick in a carved jack-o-lantern. It looks really cool!
What you’ll need:
You will need:
- Jars – I recommend having lids
- Glow sticks – this project calls for 3 glow sticks per jar.
- Scissors – not your good ones!
- Gloves – I recommend gloves if the kids will help with dumping the glow stick juice.
- Apron – the kids can make a mess, so best not to have your best clothes on in case you get flicked with the dye.
There are several web sites that show ways to do this project. I like the way Planning With Kids (Hyperlink to: http://planningwithkids.com/2012/06/21/glow-jars/ ) presents it as they do it step by step with lot’s of pics and kids in mind.
For extra fun: Decorate the jar with a face and get a jack-o-lantern effect! Kids can paste the eyes, nose, and mouth made of black construction paper to the jar.
Guest Blogger Bio – Keinya L, the voice behind Busyfams is a busy mama of 3, a happily married wife, sibling of many (yep part of a big dysfunctional, but loving family), a student who is extremely close to obtaining that BS degree, and a full time supervisor…trying to juggle a blog in the mix too! Is she crazy?! Yes…just a little, but she wears many hats and has inspiring stories, a sense of humor, random thoughts, and “realness” to offer in the areas of “busyness” and work/life balance. She’s all about staying on top of your game in that sometimes dysfunctional world called family. Find her on Facebook and Twitter.